Friday fun: Happy Birthday

The humble frozen pea turned 58 this week, celebrating it's birthday on the 3rd of November.  This is when it first appears in supermarkets in the USA.  We had to wait a little longer.

I love frozen peas—I use them in so many dishes—no matter the season, frozen peas are available. There's absolutely no preparation requires, grab a handful and toss into a casserole, stew, soup and just cook in the microwave and serve with mash potato.   They are also great with mint jelly when having a roast. 

I couldn’t live without them!!

Did you know:

  • Peas are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, thiamine (B1), iron and phosphorus. As pulses, they are rich in protein, carbohydrate and fibre and low in fat which is mostly of the unsaturated kind. Half a cup of frozen peas has only 5% of the daily value for sodium.
  • If you threaded every frozen pea produced each year in the UK onto a piece of string you would need 3,900,000 kms of string, which would stretch from the earth to the moon and back more than five times
  • On average everyone in Britain eats nearly 9,000 peas per year
  • In the time of Elizabeth I (1533-1603) who reigned from 1558, peas were imported from Holland and were considered a great delicacy because they were so expensive.
  • Peas are thought to have originated in Middle Asia and the central plateau of Ethiopia.


  1. Love the video Jo lol!! Thanks for the info about the birthday of the humble frozen pea. Yet another food we take for granted today because of technology but was special in the past.They are delicious in so many ways. Ham and pea soup in winter is a staple in our family :-) blessings..Trish

  2. I love peas but reading this made me want to go cook some more lol! I didn't realise they were "that" nutritious:)

  3. I didn't think peas were that nutritious either!

    Cute little ad... to bad the last pea standing, fell in lol!

  4. hahahahaha!

    Seriously.... we are so fortunate ot have so many beautiful frozen vegies available to eat any time. Not so long ago to have fresh vegies was a luxury for many and unheard of out of season.
    Thanks for all the little bits of info.

  5. Fun post....and it was also Happy Housewife day on the 3rd.
    Yea for peas!

  6. ----I loved the clip!
    No one likes peas in my family, so as close as I get to them are when I see them in the grocery store.
    Michele Katherine

  7. Jo,

    Although I am not a big fan of peas, we do eat them as a vegtable side dish on occasion. However, it was interesting to learn some history regarding the pea. It's almost difficult to believe that in the days of Elizabeth I that peas were an expensive delicacy!


    -Lady Rose

  8. Aww!! To bad for that little guy that fell in.

    Thanks for mentioning those interesting facts about peas. I truly enjoy pea soup especially on a cold winter day. Delicious!

  9. Dearest Jo - I am "pea" crazy - love em to death. Love them in my soups, and casseroles - any way I can get them. I LOVE split pea soup!


  10. Jo~
    I confess, I don't know how anyone could enjoy peas. I used to hide them under the rim of my plate when I was a child. How do you feel about broccoli? I LOVE brocolli (but I don't know how to spell it :))

    So happy to hear your son is getting married.

  11. Mrs Santos, peas are one of my favourite foods, so I will have yours as well! Yes, I like broccoli as well, but I do prefer cauliflower especially with a cheese sause.

  12. Well, I can certainly believe the statistics about frozen peas in the UK! I have never seen so many peas in my whole life. In the past 3 years, I have eaten more peas than in all my previous 43 years, I'm sure. Fortunately, I like them, too!


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